The state of Texas recognizes that a wrongful death has occurred when someone is killed through the negligent, careless or unskilled actions of another. In most wrongful death cases filed in Texas, juries are permitted to seek punitive damages in cases where a person's wrongful death was caused by especially egregious actions. In other words, punitive damages are often awarded as a way to punish a party for his or her bad actions. Punitive damages also serve to act as a deterrent to similar future wrongful actions.
Ordering a pizza for delivery is something that most people do without a second thought. In most cases, the pizzeria will give an estimated time for delivery. Once the pizza is made, it is up to the delivery driver to make sure that the pizza makes it to your door within the expected time frame. In some cases, trying to hurry up to meet that delivery window can make drivers do things they wouldn't normally do. For one Texas couple, a delivery driver rushing to make a delivery ended up causing a horrific accident.
The 41-year-old former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Service, or PACES, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison for workplace negligence that resulted in the death of an employee at the company. He pleaded guilty to violating OSHA policies and providing a false statement to authorities on May 9. In addition to a prison sentence, the man was also issued a $5,000 fine.